Friday, February 27, 2009

Self-proclaimed prophet goes to jail

Pothier gets 15 days for disturbing the peace

Express Staff Writer

A man who has claimed to be a "prophet for Jesus" was sentenced to 15 days in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday to disturbing the peace.

Christopher D. Pothier, a 31-year-old former Blaine County man, was given credit for three days already spent in the Blaine County Jail. Originally charged with misdemeanor telephone harassment, Pothier accepted a deal with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in pleading guilty to the lesser charge.

Pothier, who now lives in Twin Falls, was also fined $500 and placed on two years probation. After sentencing by Magistrate Court Judge Jason Walker, Pothier was taken from the courtroom in handcuffs to begin serving his sentence.

The telephone harassment charge against Pothier was filed after he allegedly sent threatening e-mails to a former friend in Hailey. The charge was filed against Pothier last July when he was also facing a felony domestic battery charge for allegedly beating his girlfriend last April. That charge was dismissed in October after the girlfriend changed earlier statements made to police and in court.

Pothier has claimed to be a prophet for Jesus in literature he delivered or faxed to the Idaho Mountain Express.

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